HORROR MOVIES OF 1986

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1. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 622,610 | Gross: $85.16M

full on sf war horror.

2. The Fly (1986)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel

Votes: 150,736 | Gross: $40.46M

cronenbergs fantastic remake. jeff goldblum and genna davis are great

3. Manhunter (1986)

R | 120 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

75 Metascore

Former F.B.I. profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) returns to service to pursue a deranged serial killer named "the Tooth Fairy" (Tom Noonan) by the media.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Votes: 61,742 | Gross: $8.62M

the greatest serial killer film of all time briliantly directed by michael mann, great visuals great music

4. Troll (1986)

PG-13 | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A wicked troll king in search of a mystical ring that will transform him to human form invades a San Francisco apartment complex where a powerful witch lives.

Director: John Carl Buechler | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Noah Hathaway, Jenny Beck

Votes: 8,832 | Gross: $5.45M

famous for its terrible sequel really thats about it

5. The Wraith (1986)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Horror, Romance

39 Metascore

After a young man is murdered by a road-racing gang of motor-heads, a mysterious fast-driving spirit descends from the sky to take revenge.

Director: Mike Marvin | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid

Votes: 13,739 | Gross: $3.50M

fun undead car driver movie with sherilyn fenn charlie sheen

6. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

30 Metascore

Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Kerry Noonan

Votes: 35,574 | Gross: $19.47M

thom matthews resurects jason

7. Maximum Overdrive (1986)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

24 Metascore

A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

Director: Stephen King | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 28,578 | Gross: $7.43M

terribly directed by by stephen king this possesed machines movie is still pretty fun

8. Critters (1986)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

A group of small, furry aliens makes lunch out of the locals in a farming town.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes

Votes: 29,644 | Gross: $13.17M

fun little space creature flick. dee wallace m emmet walsh, billy zane

9. The Hitcher (1986)

R | 97 min | Action, Thriller

32 Metascore

A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 41,454 | Gross: $5.84M

classic serial killer road movie, rutgar hauer and jennifer jason leigh are great

10. From Beyond (1986)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree

Votes: 20,638 | Gross: $1.26M

stuart gordons great follow up to reanimator. this is pretty way out

11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Unrated | 101 min | Comedy, Horror

42 Metascore

A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley

Votes: 26,025 | Gross: $8.03M

ridiculous sequel that is a bunch of fun dennis hopper and bill mosely

12. Chopping Mall (1986)

R | 77 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

22 Metascore

A group of young shopping mall employees stay behind for a late night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lock-down before they can get out, the robot security system malfunctions, and goes on a killing spree.

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell, Russell Todd, Karrie Emerson

Votes: 10,331

kids terrorized by robots in a mall. quite fun

13. Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

PG-13 | 91 min | Horror

49 Metascore

The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Oliver Robins

Votes: 23,640 | Gross: $41.00M

poltergeist franchise goes downhill fast

14. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Unrated | 83 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

80 Metascore

Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles, Mary Demas

Votes: 29,818 | Gross: $0.61M

wonderfuly chilling serial killer pic, with amazing performances from michael rooker, and tom towles

15. Night of the Creeps (1986)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow

Votes: 19,291 | Gross: $0.59M

Great alien slug movie, great 80s comic horror. brilliant performance from tom atkins

16. Deadly Friend (1986)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

44 Metascore

After his friend is killed by her abusive father, the new kid in town attempts to save her by implanting robotic microchips into her brain.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Matthew Labyorteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey

Votes: 6,333 | Gross: $8.99M

odd wes craven flick, great death by baseball scene

17. Psycho III (1986)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

58 Metascore

Norman Bates falls in love with a fallen nun who stays at the Bates Motel alongside a drifter and a curious reporter. Meanwhile, "mother" is still watching.

Director: Anthony Perkins | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell

Votes: 12,204 | Gross: $14.48M

norman stumbles towards some sort of conclusion

18. April Fool's Day (1986)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

Nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's Day weekend.

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Deborah Foreman, Griffin O'Neal, Clayton Rohner, Jay Baker

Votes: 13,150 | Gross: $12.95M

intriguing horror pic with deborah foreman and clayton rohner

19. Trick or Treat (1986)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

57 Metascore

A bullied teenage boy is devastated after the death of his heavy metal idol, Sammi Curr. But as Hallowe'en night approaches, he discovers that he may be the only one who can stop Sammi from making a Satanic comeback from beyond the grave.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Doug Savant

Votes: 5,560 | Gross: $6.80M

the classic 80s metal horror pic

20. Invaders from Mars (1986)

PG | 100 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Laraine Newman

Votes: 7,335 | Gross: $4.88M

quaint remake of the 50s pic from tobe hooper

21. Nomads (1986)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A French anthropologist specializing in nomadic groups moves to Los Angeles with his wife, and starts following a group of sinister street punks who seem to live and move around in a black van. But they aren't what they seem.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Lesley-Anne Down, Pierce Brosnan, Anna Maria Monticelli, Adam Ant

Votes: 3,623 | Gross: $2.28M

odd debut for john mctiernan adam ant and mary woronov

22. Rawhead Rex (1986)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Ireland will never be the same after Rawhead Rex, a particularly nasty demon, is released from his underground prison by an unwitting farmer.

Director: George Pavlou | Stars: David Dukes, Kelly Piper, Hugh O'Conor, Cora Venus Lunny

Votes: 4,424

odd adaptation of classic clive barker

23. TerrorVision (1986)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Diane Franklin, Mary Woronov, Gerrit Graham, Chad Allen

Votes: 6,009 | Gross: $0.32M

satellite tv brings aliens to 80s suburbia, mary woronov gerrit graham

24. Witchboard (1986)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

When his girlfriend becomes dangerously obsessed with a ghost she contacted using a ouija board, Jim reluctantly joins forces with her ex - his own estranged childhood best friend - to identify and exorcise the evil spirit.

Director: Kevin Tenney | Stars: Todd Allen, Tawny Kitaen, Stephen Nichols, Kathleen Wilhoite

Votes: 5,860 | Gross: $7.37M

dull ouija flick. tawney kitean

25. Gothic (1986)

R | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Myriam Cyr

Votes: 6,816 | Gross: $0.92M

hilarious ken russelll nonesense

26. Vamp (1986)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Two fraternity pledges travel to a sleazy bar in search of a stripper for their college friends, unaware it is occupied by vampires.

Director: Richard Wenk | Stars: Chris Makepeace, Sandy Baron, Robert Rusler, Dedee Pfeiffer

Votes: 4,584 | Gross: $4.94M

failed grace jones comic horror

27. Demons 2 (1986)

R | 88 min | Horror

A group of tenants and visitors are trapped in a 10-story high-rise apartment building infested with demons who proceed to hunt the dwindling humans down.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Bobby Rhodes

Votes: 8,284

the demons leave the cinema and take to a high rise lamberto bava

28. Slaughter High (1986)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

Eight people are invited to their old high school for their ten-year reunion where a fellow former student, disfigured from a prank gone wrong, is out to seek revenge.

Directors: George Dugdale, Mark Ezra, Peter Mackenzie Litten | Stars: Caroline Munro, Simon Scuddamore, Carmine Iannaccone, Donna Yeager

Votes: 4,921

great fun school horror

29. In a Glass Cage (1986)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Horror

A former nazi child-killer is confined in an iron lung inside an old mansion after a suicide attempt. His wife hires him a full-time carer, a mysterious young man who is driven slowly mad by the old man's disturbing past.

Director: Agustí Villaronga | Stars: Günter Meisner, David Sust, Marisa Paredes, Gisèle Echevarría

Votes: 3,814

depressing odd spanish nazi flick

30. Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The pupils at a high school next to a nuclear power plant start acting and looking strange after buying contaminated drugs from a plant worker.

Directors: Richard W. Haines, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Janelle Brady, Gil Brenton, Robert Prichard, Pat Ryan

Votes: 7,537

best troma movie

31. Deadtime Stories (1986)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

A babysitting uncle tells his charges three horror stories - about a killer witch, Little Red Riding Hood and a werewolf, and "Goldi Lox" and the three bears.

Director: Jeffrey Delman | Stars: Scott Valentine, Nicole Picard, Matt Mitler, Cathryn de Prume

Votes: 1,445 | Gross: $2.75M

reasonable fairy tale anthology

32. Breeders (1986)

R | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The Manhattan General Hospital admitted a string of young women raped by something otherworldly. Dr. Pace and Detective Andriotti try and isolate the strange organic material found on the victims to find the fiend.

Director: Tim Kincaid | Stars: Teresa Farley, Lance Lewman, Frances Raines, Natalie Savage

Votes: 1,926

ludicrous tim kincaid travesty

33. Crawlspace (1986)

R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

A man who runs an apartment house for women is the demented son of a Nazi surgeon who has the house equipped with secret passageways, hidden rooms and torture and murder devices.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Talia Balsam, Barbara Whinnery, Carole Francis

Votes: 2,807

klaus kinski is in but there ends the interest

34. Monster in the Closet (1986)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

After several people and a dog are found dead in their closets, a mild-mannered reporter, a college professor, her son, and a befuddled professor band together to uncover the mystery.

Director: Bob Dahlin | Stars: Donald Grant, Denise DuBarry, Claude Akins, Howard Duff

Votes: 2,254

kind ok spoof horror

35. Link (1986)

R | 103 min | Horror

When a Jane Chase, a young zoology student, is invited to assist anthropologist Steven Phillips with his experiments involving chimpanzees, mysterious events occur that all center around Phillip's super intelligent simian servant, Link.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Terence Stamp, Elisabeth Shue, Steven Finch, Richard Garnett

Votes: 2,520 | Gross: $1.72M

dangerous orangutang

36. Hunter's Blood (1986)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Five "city boys" travel to the country to relax by doing some hunting, drinking Bud, and generally having good time. However, the local inbred backwoods psychos turn the hunters into the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert C. Hughes | Stars: Sam Bottoms, Kim Delaney, Clu Gulager, Ken Swofford

Votes: 638

city boys vs rednecks. clu gulager. charles cyphers billy drago



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